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Do you have a rectal exam during a pelvic exam?

Do you have a rectal exam during a pelvic exam?

Yes: With rare exceptions, i recommend a rectal exam with the pelvic exam. It allows the doctor to feel behind the uterus making it easier to detect ovarian cysts or nodularity of endometriosis, in women over 40, it provides an exam of the rectum which can show occult polyps or even cancers. I feel the rectal exam adds to the completeness of the pelvic exam allowing a true clean bill of health. ...Read more

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Dr. Srbislav Brasovan
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Pelvic Exam (Definition)

Physical exam involving examination of the outside of the female genitalia (vulva), the inside (vagina) , as well as an examination of the cervix, uterus, tubes, ovaries, and tissue around the uterus (parametria). A bimanual exam then involves 2 fingers in the vagina with the other hand on the abdomen. A rectovaginal exam is one finger inthe vagina, one finger in the rectum with ...Read more


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Do GYN's normally do a rectal exam with a yearly pelvic exam? I go every year and have never heard of it until Internet searching. I'm 24

Do GYN's normally do a rectal exam with a yearly pelvic exam? I go every year and have never heard of it until Internet searching. I'm 24

Thorough exam: A thorough pelvic exam includes rectal examination. Some medical providers might not do a rectal examination at every exam for every patient. Physicians often tailor well exams to the needs of the individual patient. ...Read more

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Can i ask gastro dr. If i can be nude for pelvic / rectal exam (instead of gown)?

Can i ask gastro dr. If i can be nude for pelvic / rectal exam (instead of gown)?

Yes, but....: You can ask - but physicians are trained to protect a patient's sense of modesty. Normally a gastroenterologist does not perform pelvic examinations. I think that if this request was made of me, as a physician i would wonder why. I would probably want a standby in the room through out. ...Read more

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Please explain what happends during a pelvic exam?

Please explain what happends during a pelvic exam?

Its quick: You and your doctor will chat about why you are there. If an exam is needed, a small speculum is inserted into the vagina. Swabs of the cervix and other samples will be taken. Your doc may need to insert a gloved finger to check the uterus and ovaries. Its very quick and you are done. Best wishes! ...Read more

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During a pelvic exam, what kind of things is the doctor usually testing for?

During a pelvic exam, what kind of things is the doctor usually testing for?

Depends on age: Routine gynecologic tests for cervical cancer and sexually transmitted infections (gonorrhea and chlamydia) are the most common tests under age 25, over age 25 it is usually just a pap smear. Swabs may be obtained to rule out infections if an unusual discharge is noted. ...Read more

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During a pelvic exam if they just feel you will they say anything about an infection? Please give me details. I'm only 16.

Tell your Provider: If you are concerned about an infection please tell your provider. We want you to tell us your concerns so that we can help you. If a provider does not know that you have a discharge or concern about infection, at 16, they might not look. So please tell them your symptoms , so they do the right exam that you need! ...Read more

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Is it normal to become sexually aroused during a pelvic exam? When this happens can my doctor tell this is happening to me?

Yes and no: It is normal to get aroused during the exam and no the doctor will not be able to tell during a normal exam. ...Read more

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Can genital herpes be misdiagnosed during a pelvic exam?

Can genital herpes be misdiagnosed during a pelvic exam?

Not likely :/: It sounds like you have genital sores and have a history of unprotected sex, and that genital herpes was diagnosed at your last pelvic exam. While can happen, it sounds much more likely that your hope for misdiagnosis is wishful thinking :/ maybe this is a good time to go back into your OB, let her have another look, and review some genital herpes treatment options with you. ...Read more

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Symptoms of fallopian tube cancer? Is this something a doctor would be able to find during a pelvic exam?

Symptoms of fallopian tube cancer? Is this something a doctor would be able to find during a pelvic exam?

?: What symptoms do you have? A papa exam screens for cervical cancer. You would need different testing. Best to see your doctor and talk to her about your concerns first ...Read more

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What happens during a female pelvic exam?

What happens during a female pelvic exam?

A lot: A pelvic exam is an uncomfortable part of being a woman. The goal of the pelvic exam is to look at the vulva, vagina and cervix, and ensure there are no problems. That is done with a speculum. The uterus and ovaries are then palpated to evaluate for any large masses. The entire exam is usually less than 5 min. ...Read more

Rectal Exam (Definition)

A rectal exam is where a practitioner examines the last part of the colon (or rectum) by placing a finger or small plastic scope through the anus. This is important to detect issues such as prostate problems, continence disturbances, rectal cancers, and more. While often uncomfortable for patients it is very short and gives a lot of ...Read more